Sunday, 30 October 2011

Art Exhibition

I'm so thrilled to be exhibiting around 10 of my paintings here at the beautiful i2 Art Gallery in Saffron Walden.  This is a beautiful gallery!  Please go and see for yourself, or at least the i2 gallery website.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Manifesting beauty!!

Midway through October and the warm and sunny English Indian summer is over.  I will soon be lighting cosy fires and I'm thinking of sewing an art quilt of sorts, and cuddle up in and read a few books.  I feel I need a rest from the busy summer and Autumn and re-stock inspirations and dreams for the new paintings ahead.

Night Bearer
 by Amanda Clark 2011

A dear etsy friend told me about a book called The Wood Wife by Terri Windling, 'a book I must read!' she says.  My paintings reminded her of the story in The Wood Wife.  So I ordered it two weeks ago and have just finished this amazingly magical story .  I have read a similar story, but told in a completely different way by Charles De Lint, Memory and Dream.  These stories tell of a magic that these artists had within to be able to create a portal for these mythical and enchanting creatures to be able to pass through into this world, exactly as they painted or wrote poetry about them.  A must read for anyone that loves fantasy, fairytale, and  I feel, a connection to Carlos Castonada books.

Imagining through the paintings I have created over the years, did the subjects already existed here or in the ether or maybe even on another dimension?  There's so much talk on manifesting these days, if I ever had this kind of magic, I would choose to only bring more beauty into our world.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Home schooling Megan (Pixie)

Over the last few weeks, I have (what it feels like) taken the big leap of change and started to homeschool my daughter Megan.  She had just 4 days at High School of her choice and hated everything there was to hate about public schools.  Megan is a sensitive soul and I've always given her the choice for home schooling.
Sooooo...... everything she is learning is through creativity of some sort and how you can be creative with every moment that comes to you.  No matter what comes your way you can change it for the better.  As she is 11 years old and coming into her teenage years soon, I feel this is important to learn now and hopefully something she will not forget  completely while in times of heart ache and wild emotions.  God knows, I wish I knew all this when I was her age!
I feel I'm just beginning to really know my little girl. I know it sounds crazy, but really, what time did I actually spend connecting with her soul and dreams. Every day now I can let her guide the day. Whether its art and crafts, natural science,the cosmos and stars, creative writing, book binding, doll making, watching music videos, playing music, designing clothes and there is still so much to explore!!  Megan still loves to learn as much as she can about the world  and maths is now becoming one of her favorite subjects as she has learnt where the possiblities are for using such a subject. Sciences especially!   We have found an amazing book by Floris Publishers called 'Maths in Nature, Space and Time'  I've ordered so many wonderfilled books from this publisher lately and our days are filled with learning and creating together.
A list of books I have already are listed at the end of this post.

Please let me know about any of you homeschooling or have been homeschooled yourselves.  I feel that I'm starting over again with the things I should have learned as a child, but we never stop learning do we.

We hunted around a few second-hand shops for more cupboards and bookcases, and this is what we found!!    I had to divide it in two with the bookcase separate. Our ceiling in just 1'' too low!

Flowers from our garden.

Beautiful little soul, Megan.

Geology and Astronomy.
Mathematics in Nature, Space and Time.
Muscles and bones.
The age of revolution.
The age of Discovery.

New eyes for Plants - for observing and drawing plants.
Colour Dynamics.
Words in Place - Reconnecting with Nature through creative writing.

Soul Development through Handwriting.

Keys to Drawing with Imagination

With all the books I already have on art, mythologies, fairytales, crafts etc. We should have a couple of years worth of learning ahead.  But always looking out for more!

Megan will have her blog page up and running soon, so I'll let you all know about it soon.